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Words of the day: Dizziness, Prevention, FYZICAL, CDP, Cervical Pain, TMJD

FYZICAL is a national physical therapy organization leading the charge to transform healthcare from one of “sick care” to “well care” by providing services focused on quality outcomes, total well-being, and prevention.

FYZICAL is unlike any therapy center you’ve seen before. Whatever ailment brings your patients to FYZICAL, our highly skilled, compassionate team of physical therapists can help decrease pain, restore mobility and ensure independence – without surgery or prescription medications!

If your patients have been in a state of chronic pain, experienced a recent injury, or suffer from dizziness, vertigo or balance issues, you’re sending them to the right place. Unlike other therapy clinics, your patients will receive a specific program designed uniquely for them. Our therapists are some of the most qualified and passionate individuals in the industry who receive regular advanced education from world renowned leaders in the field.

Want to know more? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399

Tuesday, October 30th

Word of the day: BPPV

BPPV stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.  BPPV is an inner ear problem that causes a brief spinning or whirling sensation (vertigo) when a person moves the head in a certain way. In BPPV the dizziness is thought to be due to debris which has collected within a part of the inner ear. This debris can be thought of as “ear rocks”, although the formal name is “otoconia”. Ear rocks are small crystals of calcium carbonate derived from a structure in the ear called the “utricle”. While the saccule also contains otoconia, they are not able to migrate into the canal system. The utricle may have been damaged by head injury, infection, or other disorder of the inner ear, or may have degenerated because of advanced age.

BBPV is a common cause of dizziness. The older you are, the more likely it is that your dizziness is due to BPPV, as about 50% of all dizziness in older people is due to BBPV. The symptoms of BBPV include dizziness or vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance, and nausea. Activities which bring on the symptoms will vary among persons, but symptoms are almost always precipitated by a change of position of the head with respect to gravity. Getting out of or into bed, rolling over in bed, looking up, or bending forward are common “problem” motions. An intermittent pattern is common and BPPV may be present for a few weeks, then stop, then come back again.

FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers is the most qualified in treating BBPV disorders and has very good success evaluating and treating BBPV and allowing patients to return to previous activities.

Want to know more? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399

Monday, October 29th

Word of the day: BodyQ

Instead of exercising to address a problem, why not exercise to prevent a future dysfunction? Injuries occur when weakness creates a non-physiological axis within the body, causing abnormal compressive forces on the tissue.

How do we know we have weakness somewhere? One tool FYZICAL therapists use is BodyQ. Proprietary to FYZICAL, BodyQ is a comprehensive full body scan that screens your vision, hearing, balance, and muscle flexibility and strength head to toe.  If your measures are below average, your BodyQ exercise specialist will provide you with a full work out plan to address the problem areas.

Want to know more about BodyQ? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399

Friday, October 26th

Word of the day: Incontinence

Pelvic floor disorders are a group of conditions that affect the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is made up of skin, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and organs, in the pelvis.  The pelvic floor supports the body, stabilizes the pelvic girdle, and spine. The pelvic floor also supports and controls the bladder, rectum, and pelvic organs.

Unfortunately, pelvic floor disorders are common and they affect both men and women of all ages. You can consider four major categories of pelvic floor disorders and often people have more than one disorder. These include bladder control problems, such as urinary incontinence; bowel control problems, such as constipation; pain problems, such as tailbone pain; and pregnancy and childbearing problems, such as a painful episiotomy incision.

Bladder control problems affect 35% of all women. 30% of girls between the ages of 16 and 21. 50% of women over the age of 65. And 25% of all men.

Want to know more about the incontinence or pelvic floor disorders? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399

Thursday, October 25th

Word of the day: Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing is a low impact exercise setting for people who have Parkinson’s or similar neurological maladies. The core footprint of all of the exercises build on three concepts:

Connection: Building relationships and rapport between those in the exercise group

Consistency: Engaging in multiple exercises that each work to build supports in areas where people might be suffering in terms of muscular or coordination loss and balance.

Compassion: Every disease is a hard battle if you’re alone, so by having a group of people who care about you and are present with you, there are many benefits that can be found.

FYZICAL Fitness in Fort Myers is proud to offer this specialized program to our patients and fitness members!

Want to know more about the Rock Steady Boxing classes or personalized fitness training? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399

Wednesday, October 24th

Word of the day: Vestibular Hypofunction

The vestibular system is a main contributor of physical balance. Located in the inner ear, the system senses motion when small hairs, called cilia, are moved by microscopic calcium crystals. When we sit, stand, move, or experience motions (such as in a car) the crystals move the hairs. That and other information from the eyes and your sense of touch is relayed to the vestibular system in the brain, which uses it to interpret motion, equilibrium, and orientation in space.

Vestibular hypofunction is a peripheral disorder where the nerve or labyrinth in the inner ear gets damaged or inflamed, causing a decrease in its ability to detect motion adequately. This often causes dizziness and imbalance. This can also cause a decrease in the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), where activation of the vestibular system causes eye movement, which inhibits the eyes from being able to stay stable on an object when the head is moving.  This can affect the patient’s driving, as well as being able to walk straight while talking and turning their head to look at something or talk to a friend. 

This weakness can be caused by a lot of things, but traditionally, it is caused by a virus.  This is something that is treated successfully in PT with vestibular training.  FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers is most qualified in treating vestibular disorders and has very good success with helping the patient identify deficits, understand the reasoning behind the deficits, and treat the deficits for return PLOF (Prior Level of Function).

Want to know more about the vestibular system or vestibular training? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399

Tuesday, October 23rd

Word of the day: Footmaxx

Did you know that poor foot and ankle function during gait can cause low back, hip, and knee pain? As they say, “it’s all connected”.  Proper hip/knee/ankle alignment starts at the feet.

You walk in a way that is meant to properly absorb shock from the ground and distribute it throughout the leg so as to avoid excessive strain in any one spot. When your gait becomes abnormal, pain is likely to develop.

Footmaxx is a service FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers offers that involves taking a “dynamic” scan of your foot as you walk to determine if abnormalities exist. It will show you where all the pressure is occurring, if your mechanics are proper, if instability exists in the heel or in the front of the foot, or even if your foot collapses inwards, all due to lack of an arch.

From this scan, we can then create custom orthotics specific to the way you walk to correct each abnormality to promote proper shock absorption. You would be surprised how your pain can fade away when you begin to walk with a custom pair of orthotics. Talk to a physical therapist today about Footmaxx!

Want to know more about the Footmaxx or orthotics? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399

Monday, October 22nd

Word of the day: Safety Overhead System or SOS

If you have ever gone to physical therapy for balance issues or due to dizziness complaints, you have probably been through the typical stepping over hurdles, standing on foam with your eyes closed, or kicking over cones.

Did you know that the world of balance involves so many more complex exercises that can be used to ensure optimum success and improvement, but are so often not used due to fear of the patient and of the physical therapist?

To eliminate that fear, FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers have installed a Safety Overhead Support System or SOS. This system utilizes a harness and rail system in which the patient is fully strapped into and attached to via a full body weight supporting rope so that it is impossible for them to fall and hit the ground. This helps to eliminate fear allowing the patient to be challenged as much as is necessary to ensure they reach their full potential.

No longer will the fear of falling hold your patients back while they are in therapy! Come tour one of our 10 locations in southwest Florida to see for yourself! 

Want to know more about the SOS or our world renowned balance therapy? Call or text Brittany Babich (239) 860-0399